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Change Is The New Normal For Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        Financial Advice is not going through some changes; constant change is the new normal.  Whatever regulatory stuff you are going through now in your particular jurisdiction will not be an end to it.  It will be ongoing.  More importantly though, regulatory change is not the BIG change which will become the constant […]
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Commission-Based Life & Health Advisers Need To Get Moving
by Tony Vidler        There is clearly a mood afoot for various industry stakeholders to see up-front commissions reduce in size in a number of financial products, particularly in life and health insurance products.   It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy of course, as the more it gets debated the greater the acceptance of the inevitability.  […]
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Target Marketing: The Smart Play For Marketing Your Advice Business
by Tony Vidler        Target marketing is usually the difference between those firms who get the right sort of clients, and those who just get customers. Clients follow advice, because they value it. Customers engage in transactions.  They buy products.  They take a bit of advice here and there…as it suits them. Trying to get more […]
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What’s The Plan To Thrive Amidst All This Change?
by Tony Vidler        Is there a cunning plan for your practice to thrive amidst the changes coming at the financial advice sector from all directions? What is the plan then? What is the strategy? Those 2 questions might look like the same question, but they are not quite.  The cunning idea, or the strategy, is […]
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Give yourself a better chance of having prospects engage you
by Tony Vidler        There is one simple thing that advisers should do to improve the probability that prospects will engage: Talk about the outcomes you create for clients rather than talking jargon.   In engagement letters and scope of service documents, as well as in advertising brochures or online, too many advisers list their expertise […]
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Making LinkedIn Matter In Your Marketing
by Tony Vidler        Most professionals have a LinkedIn profile now, but are they making LinkedIn matter when it comes to their marketing? Often they are not effectively utilising the 2 key areas that are searched by Google, being the title section and the summary.  That is incredibly valuable online real estate….provided for free…so let’s have […]
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Professional Practice Evolution: What Separates Modern Professionals From The Past?
by Tony Vidler        There are lessons to be learned from the evolution of the modern professional practice for those who are not there yet.  There is also no doubt that a number of financial advisers and practices are still evolving, or yet to begin the journey if they are to avoid being rendered redundant. When […]
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Helping Consumers Compare Solutions Will Lead Them To You
by Tony Vidler        Todays consumers will compare before deciding who to use, so help them do it. If you help consumers compare solutions well, it will lead them to choose you.  And it can streamline your advice when you do get chosen. Use the generic product or strategy information from your financial plans or statements […]
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Financial Advisers Problem? Offering To Do Too Much
by Tony Vidler        Advisers have a few problems these days.  The biggest financial adviser problem though is getting prospects to engage with us to begin with. Despite a couple of decades of positioning, developing and improving technical knowledge and qualifications, many financial professionals are struggling to get enough clients to engage in holistic planning.   […]
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Do you have to be Unique to have a strong USP?
by Tony Vidler         Spoiler: YOU do NOT have to be unique to have a strong differentiator.  People mistakenly believe that they have to find their “uniqueness” in order to be able to articulate their value to the market.  But your uniqueness doesn’t really matter in reality.   You are one of 7 billion unique […]
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